Hundreds of people in Sonoma County were forced to evacuate after a fast-moving wildfire sparked Wednesday night.
The Kincade Fire had charred an estimated 10,000 acres near Geyserville as of mid-morning Thursday, according to Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter. The fire currently has no containment, officials said.
The fire started around 9:30 p.m. near John Kincade Road and has damaged at least two structures, Cal Fire said.
Cal Fire said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire sparked in an area affected by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which the utility is doing to reduce risk of its equipment sparking a fire.
PG&E said power was shut off around 3 p.m. Wednesday for about 27,800 customers in portions of Sonoma County.
High-voltage power transmission lines, however, were operating in the area at the time the fire broke out, PG&E told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“PG&E is working with authorities to gather additional information,” the company said in a statement.
The fire jumped Highway 128 and headed west, and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office urged all residents of Geyserville to evacuate. AlertWildfire cameras captured the flames around 9:30 p.m.
Two evacuation centers have been set up for residents affected by the Kincade Fire:
- Healdsburg Community Center: 1557 Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg (Parking is available for livestock trailers)
- Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building: 1351 Maple Ave. in Santa Rosa
- Sonoma County Fairgrounds: 1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa (This is currently open to large animals only)
Windsor High School was previously an evacuation center, but has since closed, according to Sonoma County officials.
No other details were released.
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